Unconventional Warfare In World War 1

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The topic I have chosen for the class research paper is the use of unconventional warfare in World War One. Unconventional warfare covers a wide array of military operations that are typically conducted by indigenous forces that are organized, trained, and supported by outside powers. These operations include but are not limited to direct action, sabotage, and intelligence gathering. While unconventional warfare did occur on almost every front of World War One, it was extensively employed by both the Allied and Central powers in and around their colonial possessions. I will compare two major examples of unconventional warfare that took place in World War One; the German East-African Campaign, and the Arab Revolt, and will discuss their leadership, implementation, an assess their success or failure.…show more content…
German General Paul von Lettow-Vorbet overruled the civilian leadership who wanted to surrender and conducted a successful guerrilla war while being cut off from Germany, with a force that initially consisted of only 216 Europeans and 2,540 Askaria - natives African troops. General von Lettow-Vorbet’s forces did not formally surrender until after the armistice, with his forces turning over their arms to the British on November 25, 1918. Through his actions von Lettow-Vorbet’s forces tied up British and Belgium troops, supplies, and money from supporting other fronts. To gain insight into the campaign I will use the personal memoirs of two of its participants; My Reminiscences of East Africa written by the commander of the German forces: General Paul Lettow-Vorbet, and With Botha and Smuts in Africa by W. Whitehall, a Lieutenant-Commander in the British Royal Navy’s Armored Car

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